A SIGH of relief has been felt across Malvern after a bargain chain revealed it would be opening in the town. 

B&M revealed it will be opening a store in the former Wilko building after a sign was put on the front of the building in Church Walk.

Rumours arose about whether B&M would be making an appearance in the town after residents saw lorries head into the vacant building earlier this year.

A spokesperson for B&M said: "B&M is currently scheduled to open in Great Malvern on Saturday, May 4."

The news has led businesses and residents to give a sigh of relief after concerns were raised over the loss of footfall in Malvern.

Malvern Gazette: Richard Mairs owner of the nearby shop Sweet Street.Richard Mairs owner of the nearby shop Sweet Street. (Image: NQ)Richard Mairs, owner of nearby shop Sweet Street, had previously said his business was feeling the consequences of Wilko's closure due to a decline in footfall. 

However, now Mr Mairs is hopeful for the future. 

"I think it is great to be news for the town," he said,

"Lots of people have been walking past asking where they can get a pan and brush after Wilko closed.

"It will have a huge effect now that B&M is coming and will hopefully bring back the footfall we lost, but we cannot guarantee that yet as it is currently empty in the Wilko building."

Wilko closed on September 24 after the national discount retail chain went into administration, and the store has remained unused since.

The building was built in the 1980s and occupied by The International, Somerfield, Co-op, and then Wilko.

In September last year, Poundland agreed to buy 71 Wilko stores - including Worcester and Droitwich - but Malvern’s Wilko was not on the list. 

When hearing the news of Wilko's closure, one reader called Sheenaugh McMahon, said, “Such a shame.

“Wishing all the lovely staff all the best and thank you for everything. Good luck to you all in the future.”

Lolly Rudge added: “So sad this has happened. I loved Wilko and used it all the time. The staff in there were great and always so helpful. Good luck to you all and thank you.”